Women MCs, A Letter From Dessa: Politics, Pleasure, And Art

Two of our talented female New Years headliners: Kid Sister and Dessa, are skilled in spinning, writing, and rhyming.  Unfortunately for the masses, the hip hop and electronic music industries tend to be male playgrounds.  We’re proud to host these self-defined artists, and hope you will support them as well.  In response to an internal conversation about this party, Dessa wrote the following letter to our readers to share a bit about her experience as a female MC .


My membership in Doomtree has been the largest single factor in my career as a hip hop artist. I make music with with smart, funny, good-hearted guys who aren’t particularly concerned with the fact that I’m a woman. So my gender hasn’t played a very large role in my process of making music.  My gender has, however, affected the presentation of that music.

Kid Sister NYE Party To Benefit AIDS Network

Your booty is simply not ready for Kid Sister. –METROMIX new years eve party madison wi ten kid sister orpheum theatre

TEN, the all-night dance party featuring Kid Sister on December 31st at the Orpheum will donate $1 from every ticket sold to support  AIDS Network.

Established in 1985, AIDS Network provides comprehensive, community-driven HIV/AIDS prevention and care services throughout South Central Wisconsin. This year’s focus is on education and prevention of oral herpes, how to treat them, etc.

Doors open at 9pm. Free champagne toast at midnight, free prizes throughout the evening, and breakfast at 5am.

Tickets $20 adv $25. All ages.

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Welcoming the Tribe, Affirming the Vibe.

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Tonight’s Set Details: Ghostface Killah’

Concerts can be unpredictable but this is our closest estimation..

8pm DJ Vinnie Toma

9:15pm F Stokes

10pm Skyzoo

11pm Ghostface Killah’

Barrymore Theatre $25 — all ages

Tonight’s Set Details: Music Legends Sly & Robbie

Hot summer nights are soon coming…and so it goes we looks forward to this memorable night of sweaty dancehall, dub, hip hop and reggae at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison.  Here’s the inside scoop:

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TONIGHT: Hip Hop VJ/DJ & Lots of Free MP3s


This Wednesday (Apr 29) eve indulge in some “turntablism” with Peanut Butter Wolf’s own Stones Throw Label tour featuring himself of course, and a talented hip hop cast at High Noon Saloon:



“A loose collection of musical misfits, brought together by an encyclopaedic knowledge of Hip hop and an incessant drive for originality…” Read the interview with Bona Fide

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Heads Up: Free K’Naan Download on iTunes Today


True Endeavors oftentimes hosts musicians right before they break out…in just the last year or so I recall Feist at High Noon saloon, Andrew Bird at the Orpheum Stage Door, recent Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles at High Noon Saloon, oh and the list goes on.

Recently we brought through (and gave away tickets to (which nobody partook in, huh people?)) an underground hip hop artist by the name of K’Naan who is likely on that same track.  Today he is an iTunes free download, so heads up.

Download here: http://freeitunessongs.blogspot.com/2009/02/music-knaan-bang-bang.html

See pics from the recent show here:  https://trueendeavorsblog.com/2009/02/17/tuesdays-live-photosknaan/

And check out more up-and-comers here, while you can still shake their hand: https://trueendeavorsblog.com/live-music-calendar/